NEW YORK, the Empire State

What to see

New York City City center - Battery Park - the Riverwalk
Liberty Island Statue of Liberty
Adirondack NP National Park - the Ausable Chasm
Niagara Falls spectacular falls
West Point military Academy
western New York scenery
Articles the Statue of Liberty | Ellis Island
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This is an extract of the main sights in this state, with small photos. You will find the full description and full-sized photos in my e-book View America: Mid Atlantic

In the travel series View America, this book describes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Each state is described with its own brief historical background and its main sights, points of interest and tourist attractions.

It is not a traditional travel story, but a non-commercial and more or less objective chronicle of an in-depth exploration of these states. My book does not describe lodgings, restaurants or entertainment, except where these may interact with the narrative. It is illustrated with more than 120 full-sized photos.



NEW YORK State was called the Empire State by George Washington, being the seat of a new empire. It has been America's leader for a long time, and it was named after the Duke of York in 1660, who later became James II of England. However, many place names date from before, when the area was still a Dutch colony, named New Amsterdam.

In 1788 New York joined the US as the 11th of the thirteen original colonies, and New York City became the capital of the United States of America. The state capital is Albany, and the largest city is New York City.

New York State has a surface of 140,000 km2, and approximately 61% of the state is forested. The state has some 19 million inhabitants, with a density of 155 per km2, and 84% of them are urban. New York City is the largest city in the US, with some eight million inhabitants spread out over Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Manhattan. More than 25% of all American Jews live in New York. Between 1820 and 1963, New York was the most populous state in the US. Now it is third after California and Texas, but after 2020 Florida is expected to take over this place.

New York has the highest personal income after California, and it is the nation's commercial and financial leader. The dairy industry is important, but what may be less known is that New York wines belong to the best in the nation! The New York subway is the largest in the world.

New York City has a very large number of interesting sights, but the state offers many more attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, Niagara Falls, the Palisades of the Hudson River, and the gorges of the Genesee and Ausable rivers. The Adirondack National Park is larger than the national parks of Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier combined, and there are several more large parks. Another point of interest is West Point, the Military Academy.



New York City

Battery Park is a green oasis, with beautifully landscaped gardens. The stroll along the Riverwalk is a true relaxation after the incessant hustle and bustle in the city. There are crowds of walkers, cyclists, roller skaters and sunbathers. Many people come to the park to eat their lunch, and you'll see sporters in minimal attire, businessmen in full office regalia, and of course many tourists.

The City of New York offers countless attractions, such as Central Park, the phenomenal architecture and buildings in the city center, Heart Island with the Boldt Castle that bears the name "Waldorf Astoria", Hyde Park with the Vanderbilt Mansion, Oyster Bay with the Coe Mansion & Gardens, and Sleepy Hollow with the Rockefeller mansion Kijkuit (Dutch for "Look Out"). Next to this, there are countless cultural points of interest, such as exhibitions, museums, and churches. The list is simply endless!

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Liberty Island

The Circle Line is the company that has the monopoly of bringing tourists to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Liberty Island is the island with the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island is the island where until 1954 all immigrants were processed, before they received their papers.

The ferry to Liberty Island is usually packed, and when you approach the island, you'll notice that the boat suddenly tilts dangerously to one side! The obvious reason for this is that all the tourists want to take a picture of the Statue of Liberty at the same time, and on the same side of the boat... Next to the Statue, the island also offers a magnificent panorama of the Big Apple, New York City in all its glory.

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Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls actually consist of two falls ; the American Falls (182 ft high, and 1,075 ft wide) on American soil, and the Horseshoe or Canadian Falls (187 ft high, and 2,200 ft wide), on Canadian soil (Ontario). The water flow is a gigantic 195,000 cubic feet per second. Given this extremely large volume of water, erosion has always been most important, particularly in Horseshoe Falls, that originally receded more than three feet per year!

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